Nickelodeon Arabia

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Nickelodeon Arabia
Nickelodeon HD.svg
Nickelodeon Arabia's current logo
Launched July 23, 2008 (old version)
January 5, 2015 (OSN Relaunch)
Closed September 8, 2011 (2008 version)
Owned by Viacom International Media Networks Europe (Viacom)
Picture format 576i (SDTV) (2008-2011)
1080i (HDTV) (2015-present)
Country United Arab Emirates
Language Arabic and English
Broadcast area Middle East and North Africa
Headquarters United Arab Emirates
Sister channel(s) MTV Live HD
VH1 Europe
Nick Jr.
Comedy Central Arabia
OSN 355 (HD)
Nilesat 201 11727 - H - 30000 - 3/4 (defunct)
Nickelodeon HD Arabia logo (2015-present)

Nickelodeon Arabia is a satellite channel for Arab children, teens and adults that is carried by OSN network in the Middle East. It is the official Arab arm of Nickelodeon and until 2010, it was the last remaining arm to retain the 'splat' logo that was used from 1984 to 2009 in the United States and 1993 to 2010 in Europe.


It was the second channel in the joint venture between Viacom International Media Networks and Arabian Television Network, part of Arab Media Group, the largest media group in the United Arab Emirates, after the successful launch for MTV Arabia (now known as MTV Middle East).[1]

As of 2011, it was currently the only Nickelodeon channel worldwide that had not changed its logo from the orange splat to the orange text after the mother company's 2009 rebrand.[citation needed] Since late 2010, the channel had been suffering a frozen broadcast, broadcasting its usual programmes repetitively without any evidence of upcoming updates.[citation needed] Its official website went down, and there were no clear indications or citations for why the channel was being heavily neglected, albeit oddly remaining live for the time being.[citation needed] Regardless, the channel remained live for many months into 2011.[citation needed] A similar situation is currently happening with its sister channel MTV Arabia.

On September 8, 2011, at one minute past midnight in U.A.E. time, and without a mainstream warning, the channel went on an indefinite hiatus without any explanation.[citation needed] The broadcast signal initially displayed nothing but a static message indicating Nickelodeon Arabia's viewers to continue watching Nickelodeon programmes via the Nickelodeon block on MBC 3.[citation needed] The signal then reverted to a casual test card a few days later[when?], and the channel was de-listed by various satellite television providers.[citation needed] As of 2011, the signal itself disappeared completely.[2]

Rumours surfaced that indicated that the channel is not defunct, but is being reworked (probably including the newer typographical logo in the process) and would be re-launched in 2015. Some reports also indicate there is a possibility the channel will return as a scrambled signal, only accessible by subscription via Orbit Showtime. Reasons for this remain unclear, but it was reported that the channel's Arab owners have filed for bankruptcy, and resold the Nickelodeon franchise back to Europe.

On December 17, 2014, it was announced that Viacom International Media Networks would launch an HD feed of Nickelodeon on the Dubai-based pay-TV service OSN, along with a Nick Jr. channel. Both channels will launch on January 5, 2015 in Arabic only, but will be launched in dual language, in both Arabic and English, only in February 2015. A dedicated Nickelodeon website, social media accounts and an exclusive Nick app will also be launched soon.

On January 5, 2015, Nickelodeon Arabia returned on Orbit Showtime Network (OSN) as a part of their children/pre-teen Pay-TV channels.[citation needed]


The animated shows featured on Nickelodeon Arabia are all dubbed into Arabic, and by far there are currently no means of switching between audio languages.[citation needed] The live-action TeenNick shows aired in English with Arabic subtitles.[citation needed] However, original social shows produced by Nickelodeon Arabia's own studio, such as Shoof Kids and Jamaatna, were also in Arabic.[citation needed]

Most of the network shows were outdated, older series at the time that have already been cancelled or have ended before their debut, although they are considered fairly never-before-seen by most of the Arab audience at one time, in either their English or Arabic formats.[citation needed] There were even several series yet to debut on Nickelodeon Arabia, with exception of The Fairly OddParents, which apparently already settled on the Middle Eastern Disney Channel. Although Fairly OddParent characters did appear in activity segments from Nickelodeon Magazine cutouts.[citation needed]

Like most Arab channels, Nickelodeon did feature censorship, but this is by far limited to simply scenes of French kissing, although any mention of said kisses are retained.[citation needed] This was similar to the censorship on MTV Arabia, but after the relaunch, there is no censorship.[citation needed]

Shows on Nickelodeon (OSN)[edit]


Nick Jr.[edit]

Nick Jr. Arabia
Nick Jr. logo 2009.svg
Nick Jr. Arabia's current logo
Launched January 5, 2015
Owned by Viacom International Media Networks Europe (Viacom)
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
Country United Arab Emirates
Language Arabic and English
Broadcast area Middle East and North Africa
Headquarters United Arab Emirates
OSN 356 (SD)
Nilesat 201 11727 - H - 30000 - 3/4 (defunct)

Nick Jr. is a satellite channel for Arab kids that airs pre-school shows dubbed in Arabic. The channel launched on January 5, 2015 on OSN along with Nickelodeon Arabia.

Programming on Nick Jr.[edit]

Former programming[edit]

This is a list of shows aired on the original version of the channel.

Former Nick Jr. programming[edit]

Filler shows[edit]

The following short-slot shows appeared as fillers in-between the prime shows and during commercial breaks:

Original programming[edit]

Catch Match[edit]

Catch Match (كاتش ماتش) was an original programme for Nickelodeon Arabia that was renewed every holy month of Ramadan. It was a kids' game show that had two opposing teams compete in a variety of physical challenges to gain the most points. This show was hosted by the announcer Taj Aser, and was filmed on location in Jeddah.[3][4]

Shoof Kids[edit]

Shoof Kids was an original show that featured home-made videos sent in by viewers.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Nickelodeon Arabia set to go on air on Wednesday". Emirates 27/7. 20 July 2008. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
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  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Nick Shows". Viacom International Inc. Archived from the original on 5 September 2010. Retrieved 5 September 2010. 
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